Contest Overview & Entry


Get ready to enter Uniting Through History’s second annual virtual Hip History Scholarship Contest! Students participating in the Hip History Contest will bring the early 20th century town of Buxton, Iowa alive through the arts. Buxton was a coal mining town established in 1900 where Blacks and whites were treated equally and Black Americans were leaders in the community.

Middle school and high school students (13 years and older) will submit their creative and educational interpretations of an excerpt from Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Entries, which must be in the form of a video, must be original work created by the student. Examples include a song, poem, art piece, dance routine, monologue, story, a scene—whatever the student can come up with. While talent is a plus, creativity is much more important.

Entries will be narrowed down to finalists by Uniting Through History team members. A panel of successful professional judges will then vote for the top three winners in the middle school and high school categories.

Check out the complete details below!

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1st Place  $2,000 
2nd Place: $500 
3rd Place: $250


1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250 


The winners’ schools will win a matching prize!

PLUS: First Place winners get a 30-minute Zoom call with the contest judge of their choice! All winners must open a College Savings 529 Plan for prize check deposits.

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The Hip History Scholarship Contest is funded in part by a grant from the Legacy Foundation, which partners to improve the health, education, and vitality of the City of Ottumwa and Wapello County.


Vintage Lotto #1


Before you begin creating your video, there are a few things you need to do first:

  1. Read the excerpt from Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa to pick three or more concepts you’d like to explore.
  2. Learn about Buxton.
  3. Conduct additional research, if desired.
Start Here

Vintage Lotto No 2


After reading the excerpt, learning about Buxton, and conducting any other research needed:

  1. Determine what you want to create for your video.
  2. Create your video, making sure your idea successfully meets the judging criteria and is formatted correctly.
Create Video

Vintage Lotto No 3


You’re all done and ready to enter—but before you do, complete these steps to make sure your entry will be accepted:

  1. Use our handy checklist to make sure your entry is truly ready.
  2. Use the official entry form to enter.
  3. Tell a parent or guardian to read and agree to the rules and submit your entry.
Enter Contest